[Snort-users] Licensing

Matt Kettler mkettler at ...4108...
Mon Mar 7 17:04:44 EST 2005

At 06:07 PM 3/7/2005, Rowland, Krisa W ERDC-ITL-MS Contractor wrote:
>Ok.  I know I haven’t read all the hoopla and complaining about this new 
>licensing – but this means that if we want the VRT rules we have to 
>pay?  Sorry for being slow

Only if you want them as fast as the normal Sourcefire customers get them, 
or if you want to rebundle them in a commercial product.

See Marty's post with Message ID: 
45cfecfcfb7c474d58e180f5d9344bcd at ...1935...

AFAIK the VRT rules have always been available to SF customers before the 
OSS side gets them. Fresher updates from VRT has been a selling point of SF 
boxes for years. Now you can opt to subscribe to the faster updates for a 
fee without having to buy a SF box.. Sounds good to me.

As for the rebundlers, well, I'd hate to compete with someone who's simply 
sponging all my resources for free... They're also still free to use all 
the snort code, even SF's contributions to the snort code, and the 
community/bleeding rules in their commercial products.

I think they're being quite reasonable, as the changes only apply to the 
VRT rules. I'm pleased they're willing to give us their VRT rules for free 
at all.

Of course, if they ever did anything as unlikely as to try to subvert the 
code, I'd show up on their doorstep to deliver a letter berating them for 
the act, but I doubt Marty and co. will ever do such a thing. SF may not be 
perfect people, but they seem to be Good People, and their continued 
contributions to a free Snort are solid evidence of that. 

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